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Le Select

I liked it better when it was on Queen Street. Since that time, service, to me, has been an issue...

Frozen Dim Sum

Any updates on this thread? I only know of Mothers Dumplings in Spadina Chinatown. Thanks!!!

2015 Mother's Day Brunch Buffet idea around GTA

It always seems to be the Old Mill for a buffet brunch...Buffets never make your mum feel like a queen, more like "put upon" since they have to crawl through the line like everyone else. AND if you get her food, she'll complain that she didn't get a chance to see what was there, etc etc.

Try something different such as a sitdown brunch at Bloom, with a special Mother's Day Brunch at $30. There are also other places with a sitdown Mother's Day brunch.

Look, she wants and needs to SIT down, not line up.

Any indian buffets actually worthwhile?

Or...1.5 blocks north of Carlton, east side of Yonge

The popularity of Swiss Chalet seems to be waning in the GTA. Thoughts?

Their slide began when they introduced the inedible ribs onto the menu. The last time I was there I had the double drumsticks, best value.

Quick service near TIFF Lightbox


on John, just north of Adelaide. Belgian/German/Euro food and beer. Affordable.

I did the half-hour thing last night just before the Cameron House.

Restos/Bars for sale

Dinner near the Manulife Centre


Winterlicious Menus now posted, Jan 30 - Feb 12 2015

Hmmmm....what I liked about Chiado lunches was the fact that the servers didn't seem to care whether I ordered wine or coffee or anything extra.

That's the added value of eating out lunches: usually there is no pressure for imbibing since many diners must go back to work.

I had two Winterlicious dinners a decade ago: never again...It was loud and both times the servers were miffed they didn't get the extra alcohol sales (and tips).

OTOH, I am not cheap and usually tip 20% at lunch on the total bill. It is only fair since the lunches are cheaper priced than they normally are.

Buster Rhino's Toronto Location

Do you suppose it just might give Chiado a run for its money? Just doors away...;-) Puck

Best Budget Pricing on Organic Free Range Antibiotic Free Meat in GTA

We get our meats from a farmer I know, and I know her methods. Small animals, all nicely cut up or whole or halves, like chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, lambs, pigs. Even eggs and veggies. Into the freezer they go. We're not fond of beef.

You can also join a CSA for fruit/veggies AND for meats.

The value here is regular home deliveries, no need to go out and shop. The only bad thing is a lack of spontaneity: planning is called for.

Google "Community Sustained Agriculture" +Ontario and see what turns up. This is a good time of year to do it since they are starting to take orders.

Through the CSA, you may also be able to find more meat farmers, although a few veggie CSAa have their own meat or can broker some.

$100 for two, all in.

Since Little Sister and "corkage waive" got mentioned, I thought I'd throw in the owner of Little Sister (Quince) with its free corkage on Mondays and Tuesdays. Other restos have free corkage on these days too, will make a difference..

You should realize that 2 cocktails each plus tip and HST will come to over $50, more than half your $100 total. Your meal might just be a soup, salad and a coffee...plus the cocktails.

Restaurant specialising in dishes with Fish Soup, in uptown Toronto - 2015 Jan edition

I asked something similar (French soupe de poisson) back in July...Try then http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/983355

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Not sure if anybody has posted this yet (hard to find anything in this new format and with 587 or more entries) but BlogTO yesterday posted some pix of closed restaurants, mostly historical.


2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

It was wishful thinking by MorseCat? Sorry, couldn't help that...;-)

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

Keeps the entire area east of Liberty Village WARM in the winter....

Now, what to do about summer????

GustoTV comes to Ontario - a high quality cooking channel!

GustoTV is available in the Maritimes on Bell Aliant (sp?)...
It is a major sponsor of DevourFest, the annual food film festival held in Wolfville.

Advance notice: DevourFest will be here in Toronto, June 2 or 3, for one day.

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

Isn't there supposed to be another, fourth Pizzeria Libretto at Portland and King, in the Spring?

Winterlicious Menus now posted, Jan 30 - Feb 12 2015

Too early...go to website and find out when they take reservations, maybe Jan 15 or 20?

Winterlicious Menus now posted, Jan 30 - Feb 12 2015

You'll need to wait, sorry.

I went once without a reservation to Splendido for lunch (and they were only half-full). I got in of course, but they were snippy about it ("one always phones....")

Winterlicious Menus now posted, Jan 30 - Feb 12 2015

For lunches in general (and after 1PM), no. Just avoid the really popular places eg Canoe

Winterlicious Menus now posted, Jan 30 - Feb 12 2015

All 12 are lunches

a la carte at the Gardner
Auberge de Pommier
Bangkok Garden
Tutti Matti
Nota Bene

2015 RESTAURANT Closings in Toronto? To June 30...

Time for another round of newly closed restaurants and/or food stores in Toronto in 2015, to June 30? New one after that...

What have you spotted already?

2015 Restaurant OPENINGS in Toronto, to June 30...

Time for another round of newly opened restaurants and/or food stores in Toronto in 2015, to June 30? New thread after that...

What have you spotted already?

Sotto Sotto gutted by fire tonight!


M = Montreal monsieur

Sotto Sotto gutted by fire tonight!

Try the M word

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS


BlogTO's top 30 Deadpool (mostly restaurants) for 2014...

Winterlicious Menus now posted, Jan 30 - Feb 12 2015


Lunch prices are now $18, 23 and 28

FOUND Clam Strips in Toronto

I just spent a week in Nova Scotia at the Devourfest food film festival (Nov 12 to 17)..Really wanted to try fried clams since you can't get them in Toronto (until now, thanks to Easy Catch).

The entire province was out of clams (I checked: spent more than an hour phoning around) ;-(


LCBO VINTAGES December 6/14 release, the last before Christmas: some notes


Domaine Les Yeuses Les Epices Syrah 2012 Pays d'Oc, +177584, $15.95: it’s back, but
another vintage, just as good as ever – even better. Value priced, great syrah hit of pepper, smoked meat, black fruit, garrigue, blackberries. Perfect accompaniment to horse meat. I’ve said virtually the same things about the last five times this wine has turned up in Vintages (the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and now 2012). 13.5% ABV. Up a dollar, but then so is everything else in life. Twist top. Buy all of it! QPR: 94.

1.Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2012 VQA Niagara, +149302, $21.95. QPR: 90.
2.Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay 2013 VQA NOTL, +172338, $22.95. QPR: 90.
3.Ashbrook Chardonnay 2011 Margaret River, +684076, $24.95. QPR: 91.
4.Mountadam Estate Chardonnay 2009 High Eden South Australia, +333211, $21.95. QPR: 90.
5.Domaine Chauveau Pouilly-Fume 2013, +390641, $23.95. QPR: 90.
6.Kew Vineyards Old Vine Riesling 2012 VQA Beamsville Bench, +392126, $18.95: old vines are from 30 years back, in 1975. Good aged riesling character, 11.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
7.Vineland Estates Elevation St.Urban Vineyard Riesling 2012 VQA Niagara, +38117, $19.95: if there were VV standards, this one, planted in 1979, could qualify. Nicely off-dry rather than “medium”, 9% ABV. Intense and fresh. QPT: 90.
8.Thierry Delauney Sauvignon Blanc Touraine 2013, +391847, $14.95: another price-buster savvy from the Loire, tangy kiwi style zest, 12.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
9.Monasterio de las Vinas Gran Reserva 2005 Carinena, +82024, $16.95: once away from Rioja, the prices tumble. This nine year old wine, barreled for two years, is a great tempranillo/garancha mix of chunky fruit and vanilla with alight aging. Remarkable. 13% ABV. QPR: 91.
10.Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Colchagua, +169847, $17.95: another valued wine, tasty with long length, 14% ABV. Gold medalist. Ready now. QPR: 89.
11.Vina Chocalan Reserva Syrah 2012 Maipo, +38513, $15.95: dark mocha tones, exceptionally focused, 14.5% ABV, excellent price. Ready soon. QPR: 89.
12.Volcanes de Chile Tectonia Pinot Noir 2012 Bio Bio, +389676, $17.95: fruity but with lean finishing acid, great food wine. MVC pinot tones are nailed. 14% ABV. Twist top. QPR: 89.
13.Sao Miguel Dos Descobridores Seleccionada Colheita 2012 Vinho Regional Alentejano, +146092, $17.95: a fair price for a good blend of fruit and vanilla, somewhat North American in style and in appeal. 13.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
14.Bodegas Balbas Ardal Crianza 2005 Ribera del Duero, +167601, $16.95: it is difficult to find any Ribera under $20, and this one is even from 2005, showing us how well it can age even at the Crianza (minimum 6 months in barrel) level. Berry fruit has been resolved, 90% tempranillo, balance cabernet sauv, all juicy. 14% ABV. QPR: 89.

1.Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Napa, +73817, $22.95. QPR: 90.
2.Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz/Viognier 2012, +18887, $23.95. QPR: 90.
3.Pepperjack Red 2012 Barossa Valley, +393801, $24.95. QPR: 90.
4.Red Hill Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Mornington Peninsula Victoria, +58073, $21.95. QPR: 90.
5.Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Clare Valley/Coonawarra, +142398, $24.95. QPR: 91.
6.Il Molino di Grace Riserva Chianti Classico 2006, +382945, $23.95. QPR: 90.
7.Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2012 Cotes de Roussillon-Villages, +643239, $24.95. QPR: 90.
8.Monastir S.XII Cluny 2006, +391557, $19.95: loaded with a collection of animal qualities of leather, meat, smoke, softened by normal oak barreling and vanilla. Blend of tempranillo, cab sauv, and merlot. 14.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
9.Ondarre Reserva 2008 Rioja, +732452, $18.95: fairly typical of a six year old reserve Rioja, but its price promotes its value. QPR: 89.